Volkswagen Polo R Supercar revealed
Volkswagen Motorsport’s new Polo R Supercar has been unveiled in Autostadt Wolfsburg. The 570-hp four-wheel drive contender for the FIA World Rallycross Championship has been given improved aerodynamics in the update, and also showcases a new partnership. Volkswagen R, home of Volkswagen’s most powerful and sporty production models, is partner of the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team in 2018 and is intensifying its cooperation with Volkswagen Motorsport.
With reigning Rallycross world champion Johan Kristoffersson and team owner and Rallycross superstar Petter Solberg watching on, the new Polo R Supercar was unveiled by Volkswagen motorsport director Sven Smeets, PSRX team principal Pernilla Solberg and Jost Capito, managing director of Volkswagen R.
“There is no question about it, the new season promises to be very exciting. The opposition will do everything in their power to take our title,” said Smeets. “Our goal is obviously to provide Johan and Petter with a good car, which will allow them to challenge for the world title. I am confident that we will achieve this, and that the new partnership with Volkswagen R will give us even more power.”
Jost Capito, meanwhile added that he, is looking forward to the partnership in the FIA World Rallycross Championship: “Volkswagen R has always drawn inspiration and passion from motor racing. We will now actively build on these qualities in close cooperation with our colleagues at Volkswagen Motorsport and the PSRX team. The FIA World Rallycross Championship will be really exciting and we are looking forward to working with our partners.”
The new exterior makes this year’s Polo R Supercar easy to distinguish from its predecessor. “The most important changes compared to last year’s model have been made at the front of the car,” explained Fabrice van Ertvelde, technical project manager for Volkswagen in the WRX.
The engine cooling, which is a particularly sensitive area in Rallycross races, has been redesigned, with emphasis on aerodynamics. This will make the 2018 Polo R Supercar far more efficient. A second important aspect was design of a new rear wing, which creates more downforce and allows a wide range of new set-up options. There has also been a lot of attention to detail when further developing what goes on under the bonnet of the Polo, in order to be ideally equipped for the short, close and spectacular races in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.